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Severe disruption: A3205 London westbound

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A3205 London westbound severe disruption, at Ponton Road.

A3205 London - A3205 Nine Elms Lane in Vauxhall blocked and it's very slow westbound at the Ponton Road junction, because of emergency services incident.

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Severe accident: A312 London both ways

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A312 London both ways severe accident, from A4180 Ruislip Road to A40 Western Avenue.

A312 London - A312 Church Road in Northolt blocked and queues in both directions from White Hart Roundabout to Target Roundabout, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A206 London westbound

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A206 London westbound severe accident, at Hatcliffe Street.

A206 London - A206 Woolwich Road in Greenwich blocked and it's slow westbound at the Hatcliffe Street junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J31 for A1306 Lakeside to J1A for A206.

M25 Essex - One lane blocked and queues on M25 QE2 Bridge clockwise in Kent from J31, A1306 (Lakeside) to J1a, A206 (Swanscombe), because of an accident. Congestion to J30 (Lakeside).

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McDonald's workers are calling for a rise in pay to £15 an hour
McDonald's say the strikers represent a "tiny proportion" of its 130,000-strong UK workforce.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 Stagg Hill to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down.

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3D models of transplant toddler to go on display in London

Lucy Boucher, pictured with her family, received a kidney from her father Chris (left)
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Lucy Boucher, pictured with her family, received a kidney from her father Chris (left)

A pioneering kidney transplant between a father and daughter from Antrim is to be celebrated in a permanent display at the Science Museum in London.

In 2015,Chris Boucher's kidney was successfully transplanted into his daughter Lucy, who was then aged two.

Before surgery, 3D replicas of Lucy's abdomen and her dad's kidney were made.

The printed models helped surgeons at Guys and St Thomas' Hospital plan how to put an adult-sized kidney into the body of a toddler.

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Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J27 for M11 J6 to J26 for A121.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 anticlockwise from J27 M11 J6 to J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey), because of a break down.

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Motorbikes could get green light on Brent bus lanes

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Motorcycles could be allowed to use all bus lanes throughout Brent following a successful trial along a main road.

Brent Council’s cabinet agreed to consult on the issue after positive feedback from a scheme in Harrow Road.

Motorbikes can use most bus lanes in the UK but there are occasions where riders are required to check specific signs.

A trial run along the bus lanes in Harrow Road ran from March 2018 to September 2019 and was praised by the council’s highways teams.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, responsible for the environment at Brent Council, said there were clear “positive outcomes” and that bus traffic “was not affected”.

A cabinet report noted that other advantages included fixing potholes in the bus lanes, so they were suitable for motorcycles.

The council will now consult with the public to see if the scheme should be implemented across the whole borough.

This would follow the lead of seven London boroughs who currently allow motorbikes to travel in all their bus lanes.

According to the report, it could also help contribute towards the Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’, which seeks to eliminate deaths on the road by 2041.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire both ways

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M25 Hertfordshire both ways severe disruption, at J23 for A1.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on entry slip road and it's slow at J23 A1(M) J1 South Mimms, because of a break down.

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Severe accident: M25 Essex clockwise

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M25 Essex clockwise severe accident, from J26 for A121 to J27 for M11 J6.

M25 Essex - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J27 M11 J6, because of an accident.

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Oxford Circus station closed due to emergency incident

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Oxford Circus Tube station has been evacuated and is closed due to a casualty on the track.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 13:00 GMT.

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'Sweet sculpture' of Andy Murray made ahead of art fair

Andy Murray
Wimbledon Art Fair

A statue of Andy Murray has been created with sweets to celebrate the opening of the 46th Wimbledon Art Fair, paying tribute to Wimbledon’s double champion.

Food artist and cake-maker to the Queen, Jacqui Kelly, sculpted the piece – dubbed Candy Murray.

The sculpture took four days to make and uses 672 Murray mints.

His head is sculpted from a light Genovese sponge filled with champagne cream and his body and tennis court are traditional Victoria sponge with a strawberries and cream filling.

Jacqui said:“As we are both Scottish, we needed a wee bit of whiskey in there so I added the Drambuie balls. I got off to a flying start and the facial sculpt went really well but then these pesky little Murray mints get everywhere and take forever.

"I am planning to do some candy making of my own and will produce a Wimbledon Art Studio version of the buttery mint for sale at the show as well.”

The sweet sculpture is a recreation of the image of Murray winning his first Wimbledon title in 2013, when he became the first British male to win the championship in 77 years.

Oxford Street transformation expected in 1,000 days

In 1,000 days Oxford Street will be transformed into a modern leisure area, combining retail and cultural activities, according to the New West End Company.

Regent Street piazza at the junction with Oxford Street
Publica

It represents Oxford, Bond and Regent Street businesses and claimed £2.9bn will be invested within a one mile radius of Oxford Street by 2022.

Plans to revamp and make this one mile stretch of the West End traffic free has been planned and stopped over the past 10 years.

The proposal for Oxford Street stops short of pedestrianisation but measures to ensure "cleaner air from reduced traffic and zero-emission buses" will be introduced.

Two piazzas at Oxford Circus and Marble Arch and will be built to make the area "more of an experience" rather than just a place to shop.

Selfridges' is planning a permanent cinema in its store and Sunday shopping in the West End will be extended by two hours.

The Company said money earmarked by firms included £150m from Westminster City Council, who was also setting aside an extra £80m for the revamp.

But the Mayor of London's office said "failure to pedestrianise the whole of Oxford Street is a missed opportunity".

City Hall said: "It also means the road will continue to be polluted, congested and dangerous".

Your Questions Answered: What time do polling stations open and close?

Your Questions Answered
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Throughout the general election we will be answering your questions about this year's poll.

Lucie, 18, from north west London, has asked: What time do polling stations open and close?

Polling stations will open at 07:00 GMT and close at 22:00 GMT on 12 December.

This content was powered by people’s questions to the BBC’s Your Questions Answered. You can take part by submitting your questions here or emailing yourquestions@bbc.co.uk.

Severe accident: A105 London both ways

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A105 London both ways severe accident, from Commerce Road to Earlham Grove.

A105 London - A105 High Road in Wood Green blocked and queues in both directions from the Commerce Road junction to the Earlham Grove junction, because of an accident. Diversion in operation - bus routes 121, 141, 232, 329 and 629 are being diverted.

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London's weather: A bright and clear day

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A largely bright and clear day with plenty of sunshine during the afternoon and light winds throughout the day.

Tonight will see skies clouding over with rain pushing in from the west, some of which may turn heavy at times.

Maximum Temperature: 6C to 9C (43F to 48F).

Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, after J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and it's slow on M25 clockwise after J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

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Severe accident: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe accident, from J24 for A111 Stagg Hill to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 blocked and stationary clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of an accident involving two vans, two cars and a lorry.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J24 for A111 Stagg Hill to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed on M25 clockwise from J24, A111 (Potters Bar) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Severe accident: A3212 London both ways

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A3212 London both ways severe accident, at A3203.

A3212 London - A3212 Millbank in Westminster blocked and queues in both directions at the A3203 junction, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

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Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire clockwise severe disruption, from J23 for A1 to J24 for A111 Stagg Hill.

M25 Hertfordshire - One lane closed and queues on M25 clockwise from J23 A1(M) J1 South Mimms to J24, A111 (Potters Bar), because of a break down. Congestion to before J22 (St Albans / London Colney).

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Severe accident: A3036 London northbound

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A3036 London northbound severe accident, from Vauxhall Cross to Glasshouse Walk.

A3036 London - A3036 Albert Embankment in Vauxhall closed and it's slow northbound from the Vauxhall Cross junction to the Glasshouse Walk junction, because of an accident.

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Grass artwork to celebrate birth of British cinema

Animation students from the University of Westminster have revealed a 50 metre sq long grass artwork of the Lumiere Brothers to kick off the 125th anniversary celebration of the university being known as "the birthplace of British cinema".

In 1896, the Lumiere Brothers showed the moving film of a train to a paying audience in Britain at the University’s Regent Street Cinema.

It was the first time a moving film was shown to an audience in Great Britain.

At the university’s Harrow Campus, the students arranged and pegged down square masking sheets like pixels within a grid according to a map sketched on graph paper.

The portrait will be visible for around two weeks, when the lawn will gradually return to green.

As part of the project, schools across London will be encouraged to create their own photographic prints on their lawns.

Grass artwork of Lumiere Brothers
University of Westminster

Kerrie Portman, Animation BA student, said: "Film-making and digital entertainment is now done predominantly with technology, so it's nice to celebrate their anniversary by integrating the organic life-cycle of grass.”

Taxi driver jailed for sexual assault

An Uber driver who sexually assaulted an "utterly defenceless" woman passenger as she leaned out of his cab door to vomit has been jailed for 16 months.

Temur Shah, 45, of Park Crescent, Harrow, groped the 27-year-old woman's through her clothing after picking her up from the West End in January 2018.

Isleworth Crown Court heard his passenger said she felt unwell during the journey, and that Shah suggested she move into the front seat.

Kate Blumgart, prosecuting, said that since the incident the victim had difficulty getting into taxis and was fearful that Shah knew where she lived.

"She recently had a panic attack in a mini-cab with her husband."

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's taxi and private hire policing team used a combination of CCTV and GPS data from Uber to identify Shah as the suspect

He was convicted of sexual assault in January 2019, following a trial that lasted one week.

PC injured during traffic stop returns to work

PC Stuart Outten
Met Police

A police officer who was allegedly attacked with a machete during a traffic stop in east London has returned to work.

PC Stuart Outten, 28, suffered injuries to his head and hand after stopping a van in Leyton just after midnight on 8 August.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed that PC Outten had attended an officer safety training assessment on Monday, and that Tuesday was his first day back on duty.

The constable, who followed his father into the police service, received hundreds of cards and messages of support as he recovered from his injuries.

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, who is accused of carrying out the attack denies attempted murder and possession of a machete. He will face trial at the Old Bailey on 14 January.

Severe disruption: M25 Essex anti-clockwise

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M25 Essex anti-clockwise severe disruption, from J26 for A121 to J25 for A10 Great Cambridge Road.

M25 Essex - One lane closed on M25 anticlockwise from J26, A121 (Waltham Abbey) to J25, A10 (Enfield), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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Lorry crashes into West Dulwich railway bridge

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The lorry crashed into a railway bridge on Thurlow Road, West Dulwich, shortly before 08:30 GMT, causing significant traffic disruption on the South Circular.

London Fire Brigade said firefighters "ensured that the scene was safe" and "local specialist recovery crews were send to the scene to help release the vehicle".

Nobody was injured in the crash.

Severe disruption: M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise

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M25 Hertfordshire anti-clockwise severe disruption, at J22 for A1081 St Albans.

M25 Hertfordshire - M25 lane closed on exit slip road and it's heavy anticlockwise at J22, A1081 (St Albans), because of a break down.

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Severe disruption: M11 Essex southbound

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M11 Essex southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A414 Canes Lane to J6 for M25 J27.

M11 Essex - One lane blocked on M11 southbound from J7, A414 (Harlow) to J6 M25 J27, because of vehicle having a tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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New club 'to put Croydon on cultural and musical map'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A new 500-capacity club and will soon open in Croydon town centre.

Phase is expected to open in December on the site of former strip club Hustler Club which closed suddenly back in May this year.

The new club in Crown Hill will be run by Lambeth Group – the team behind Brixton’s Prince of Wales.

It is expected to open until 04:00 on Friday and Saturday nights with two dedicated club rooms as well as a studio.

The owners also plan on opening up the venue for mid-week live music and comedy shows.

Phase also plans to partner with organisations and charities to offer out its studio and stage space to local groups.

Managing director for the company, Wayne Saunders, said: “We’re committed to offering a platform for emerging artists and a hub for established acts from the underground electronic music scene, as well as developing a performance space for local and London-wide talent from spoken word, cabaret, comedy and live music.

“Alongside this programme, we’ll also be working with local music charities such as Grooveschool to help develop young people’s skills in DJ and music production.”

Severe accident: A4204 London both ways

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A4204 London both ways severe accident, at Berkeley Gardens.

A4204 London - A4204 Kensington Church Street in Kensington blocked and queues in both directions at the Berkeley Gardens junction, because of an accident.

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Severe accident: A104 London both ways

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A104 London both ways severe accident, from Salcombe Road to Avondale Road.

A104 London - A104 Lea Bridge Road in Leyton closed and it's very slow in both directions from the Salcombe Road junction to the Avondale Road junction, because of an accident involving car.

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